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Sherlock Holmes (2009)

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Detective Sherlock Holmes and his stalwart partner Watson engage in a battle of wits and brawn with a nemesis whose plot is a threat to all of England.

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Guy Ritchie

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Michael Robert Johnson (screenplay), Anthony Peckham (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 10 wins & 27 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Downey Jr. ... Sherlock Holmes
Jude Law ... Dr. John Watson
Rachel McAdams ... Irene Adler
Mark Strong ... Lord Henry Blackwood
Eddie Marsan ... Inspector Lestrade
Robert Maillet ... Dredger
Geraldine James ... Mrs. Hudson
Kelly Reilly ... Mary Morstan
William Houston ... Constable Clark
Hans Matheson ... Lord Coward
James Fox ... Sir Thomas Rotheram
William Hope ... Ambassador Standish
Clive Russell ... Captain Tanner
Oran Gurel Oran Gurel ... Reordan
David Garrick ... McMurdo
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Storyline

After finally catching serial killer and occult "sorcerer" Lord Blackwood, legendary sleuth Sherlock Holmes and his assistant Dr. Watson can close yet another successful case. But when Blackwood mysteriously returns from the grave and resumes his killing spree, Holmes must take up the hunt once again. Contending with his partner's new fiancée and the dimwitted head of Scotland Yard, the dauntless detective must unravel the clues that will lead him into a twisted web of murder, deceit, and black magic - and the deadly embrace of temptress Irene Adler. Written by The Massie Twins

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Rachel McAdams is Adler See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some startling images and a scene of suggestive material | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

25 December 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sherlock Holmes See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$62,304,277, 27 December 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$209,028,679

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$524,028,679, 29 April 2010
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Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

After examining Lord Blackwood's coffin, the line that Holmes and Watson deliver in unison, "The game's afoot; follow your spirit: and upon this charge, cry--God for Harry! England and Saint George!" is from William Shakespeare's play Henry V. See more »

Goofs

During Irene's first conversation with Holmes, she says she brought dates from Jordan. The country of Transjordan was established in 1921; the name changed to Jordan in 1949. Although, the name "Al-Urdun" (Jordan) was used on Umayyad post-reform copper coins beginning in the early 8th century, in 1890 the name Jordan did not appear on maps to represent the land of modern Jordan and would not have used other than as the name of the river Jordan. The land today known as the country of Jordan was labeled on maps of the era as Gilead or Bashan. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Sherlock Holmes: [voice-over] Head cocked to the left, partial deafness in ear: first point of attack. Two: throat; paralyze vocal chords, stop scream. Three: got to be a heavy drinker, floating rib to the liver. Four: finally, drag in left leg, fist to patella. Summary prognosis: unconscious in ninety seconds, martial efficacy quarter of an hour at best. Full faculty recovery: unlikely.
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Connections

References The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

German Dance No. 10 in D Major
from "Twelve German Dances"
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven (as Ludwig Van Beethoven)
Arranged by Rick Wentworth
Performed by The Isobel Griffiths Ensemble
Courtesy of Pathé Productions Limited
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the nadir
4 January 2010 | by guenzeldSee all my reviews

I guess what is more depressing than this abominable movie is the many laudatory reviews I have read here. Are audiences today so jaded, so utterly disconnected from even their recent past, so completely lobotomized that they would find kind words to say about such dreck as this? I had thought that the unspeakable 1979 pastiche of HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES with Dudley Moore was about as low as one could get in the filming of a Sherlock Holmes story. I was clearly wrong. This is the end, the limit, the bottom of the calcium-encrusted barrel. Holmes admirers (those who understand and appreciate the fine originals) will stay away in droves if for no other reason than the hilarious miscasting of the lead characters. Mr Downey as Holmes and Mr Law as Watson rank right up there with such inspired casting choices as Tony Curtis playing a medieval knight and Sharon Stone playing a gunfighter of the old west. Ridiculous.

I doubt that Hollywood's renowned contempt for its audiences can be better illustrated than by this movie. Do moviegoers really enjoy having their intelligences insulted with such grand insouciance?

It is both pointless and useless to go on. We have given up what little culture we have left by allowing these amateurs to take great classics and turn them into idiotic roller-coaster rides. A paying public that can applaud, let alone part with the money to see, such a movie is clearly a public that can no longer recognize quality.

Some years ago, just before he passed away, the great producer Darryl Zanuck said "I know audiences feed on cr_p. But I cannot believe we are so lacking in ability that we cannot dish it up to them with a little style". Why bother, Mr Zanuck? Apparently anything thrown out to movie audiences today will be lapped up like cream.

Stay home and read a Conan Doyle original.


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